Teaching Children about Gratitude

November 25th, 2013 by melissa y.

Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, take some time to share these wonderful books with your children celebrating gratitude and thankfulness.  With all the talk of Black Friday, shopping, gift-giving and the general attitude of more, more, more; take a moment to be thankful for all you already have and use some of these books to teach your children to do the same.  And let’s hope that some of those crazy stores decide shopping on Thanksgiving is INSANE, and give their workers a day of rest.

You can click on the cover image if you are interested in buying the book from Amazon.  You can also call ahead to your independent book shop and they can tell you if they have it and if not, they can order it for you.  You can also just reserve these titles at the library.  Most libraries allow you to do that online and then they will let you know when to come pick it up.  How easy it that?!

Happy Turkey Day everyone!


The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau

“A quiltmaker helps a selfish king learn that giving is the true secret to happiness.”


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

“Sylvester’s sweet story is one that endures, reminding us all that sometimes what we have is all we really need.”


Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen

“A colorful picture book that will warm the hearts of children and adults alike, each of its pages contain endearing examples and vibrant illustrations to inspire children to grow into grateful, caring, and giving people.”


The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

“The Thankful Book celebrates all the little things children can give thanks for.”


The Blue Daisy: A Lesson in Gratitude by Stacie Theis

“A whimsical tale that teaches children to appreciate what they have.”


Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes

“Sixteen thoughtful poems about being thankful for everyday things.”


Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty

“In this retelling of Androcles and the Lion, Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw.”


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

“Children will embrace this accessible, timeless story about the evil of greed and the joy of gratitude.”  Booklist

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